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Alabama Chanin Skirt

Added Apr 11, 2008

by amarie

Chicago, Illinoi...






Meet my summer skirt! Before I moved on to another burda pattern, I thought I’d share another skirt I made based on the pattern from the Alabama Stitch Book. I used the same stencil for the corset top. To use the reverse applique technique I cut out two sets of the same four panel A-line skirt. On this project I also used leftover beads I had from previous jewelry projects to outline the silhoutte of the crane and the clouds. I purposely left some unfinished so that when I have time I will slowly add more beads to the skirt. I think of it as my own version of tatoos, I will add as I see fit and as inspired.

Material Notes

knit from yardage and from recylced tshirts, seed beads, buttonhole thread, fabric paint, stencil




Garment Type


The Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin

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    Jun 16, 2009, 12.45 PMby yolimba

    Yes, this is just gorgeous! Wow.

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    May 18, 2008, 03.44 PMby maya511


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    Apr 20, 2008, 08.48 PMby amarie

    Hey Reneebeth. Yes, for the clouds, I decided not to cut the top fabric because the silver fabric paint that I used looked right as they were. But for the crane and a very small section of the clouds which is not seen in the pictures here, I did reverse applique them. I posted more pictures here for reference.

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    Apr 20, 2008, 08.11 PMby reneebeth

    I’m in love with this skirt! I went to the link you posted (thanks for that, by the way!) and was wondering…for this one, it looks like you didn’t cut out the top fabric, just left it so it bubbled with the one under it. Is that right?

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    Apr 13, 2008, 08.23 PMby amarie

    Thank you all for your lovely comments. If the book is not available to you at this time, you can learn the basics of Natalie Chanin’s reverse applique here. You can also get more information from her blog.

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    Apr 13, 2008, 04.11 AMby kasia26

    I love your embroidery, it made me check out the book. Beautiful skirt.

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    Apr 13, 2008, 12.36 AMby joqueenbee

    That is a stunning skirt, you’ve done an excellent job – well done! I would love one of those. You’ve inspired me to resurrect my old embroidery books and skills.

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    Apr 12, 2008, 02.24 AMby lauriana

    I think it looks great. I had never heard of this technique either, but I really like the textures and shapes of your skirt. You can really tell that hours of loving work were put into making it. Very special.

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    Apr 11, 2008, 11.38 PMby missb-1

    I love your skirt and the applique. Very well done!

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    Apr 11, 2008, 07.47 PMby lcavagnolo

    I’ve never heard of reverse applique before, but now you’ve sparked my interest! This is a beautiful skirt with a very unique look.

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    Apr 11, 2008, 03.48 PMby mmmrphs

    What a throughly beautiful skirt. I like the colours, textures, the birds. Well done. I’m keen to check out that book.

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